President Obama has pushed the idea that we need comprehensive immigration reform. The Gang of Eight, a mixture of Republicans and Democrats, have been working on their own solution to the immigration problem. That solution has already been discussed and cussed, as it seems to contain a path to amnesty for the millions of illegal immigrants who now live in the United States of America. That’s a problem for many of us, and rightfully so.
President Obama isn’t unique among American Presidents. Can you think of a modern-day President who did not try to push immigration reform? It’s almost a given that they will feel the pull to reform our immigration system. Some of them had good intentions and some of them did not. I’m relatively sure President Obama falls into the latter category and would like nothing more than to grant citizenship to millions of new Americans, most of whom will probably vote for the Democrats.
Most of the discussion we hear about the immigration problem in America centers around our system and how it is supposedly broken. While it is true that we have problems that need to be fixed, there is another side to the immigration coin that some of us forget about. It’s just southwest of our border and it’s called Mexico. From the number of undocumented and illegal immigrants that migrate from their border, can we not safely say that they are not really serious about securing the border?
Newly elected Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has already taken steps to roll back some of the cooperation his predecessor fostered with the American agencies that are charged with securing the border with Mexico. If he is trying to win friends and influence people on the American side of the border, Pena Nieto is going about it in a very wrong way. President Obama is on his way to Mexico to meet with the new Mexican President and it is said he will be pushing for immigration reform. It remains to be seen if his comments will be directed more at our neighbors down south or to the American people. Methinks our President will be aiming his words up north.
The questions of the day are these. How serious is Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto about helping America with our immigration problems? Since the bulk of illegal immigrants come from Mexico, does that country not share some of the responsibility of securing the border? Are there not more than a few steps the Mexican government can take to entice their citizens to stay at home and work to make their own country a place to be proud of?
I would be interested in hearing his answers to any of those questions and would hope President Obama presses him hard on those issues. I am not, however, holding my breath.